Origins Available: English
The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Aleson came from the pet-name "Alice" as in "the son of Alice." One source claims that name was in fact, Norman having derived from "Bernard de Alençon who held several lordships from Hervey de Bourges, Suffolk
, belonged to the family of the Counts of Alençon, descended from Ivo or Belesme, c. 940. " CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The phonetic resemblance of the name Alençon and the name Aleson is apparent, but no other sources confirmed this ancient heritage. Of note was Alisoun (Alison) who appears in Chaucer's "Miller's Tale" c. 1386, as John's younger wife. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Aleson family
The surname Aleson was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. Some of the earliest listing include those listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Richard filius
Alice in Oxfordshire; Nicholas filius Alicie in Cambridgeshire; and Isabel filius Alice in Oxfordshire
. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls list Johannes Alysson in 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Aleson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aleson research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1617, 1618, 1618, 1510, 1600, 1536, 1332, 1455, 1487, 1560 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Aleson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aleson Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Aleson family name include Allyson, Allison, Allisson, Allysson, Alesson and many more.
Early Notables of the Aleson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aleson family to Ireland
Some of the Aleson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aleson family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Aleson surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1662; Sarah Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1656; Andrew Allison who settled in Philadelphia in 1750 with his two brothers named James and Robert.